An Interview With Donna Marie Oldfield, author of Instant Karma

We’ve probably all heard of Karma and a few of us may believe in it, I know I do; this week it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to Donna Marie Oldfield with her new novel, Instant Karma.

Donna is a freelance writer from the Peak District, England who has been writing and editing for 15 years. She has worked for titles such as Heat, The Guardian, The Sun, The Times and Now as well as copywriting for a wide range of businesses. She likes cats, pasta, comic books and cake.

To date, she has published three books: Out Of Time, Super Unknown and Instant Karma. She is currently working on the sequel to Out Of Time and another contemporary fiction novel.

The Review

INSTANT KARMAWe’ve all experienced those moments in time when something seems to be telling us to sort ourselves out, and it’s not usually the man or woman in our lives, the neighbour, our colleagues or even our friends. We might, if we are that way inclined, think of it as ‘the universe’ …

Instant Karma is a novel about those moments. Written as a parable, it tells of a period in time in Siena’s life as an estate agent. She’s young, pretty and making money; but for some reason her life is falling apart. Slowly it dawns on her that something is teaching her an important lesson, and she’d better pay attention. Siena learns about how life, sometimes, has a habit of coming back to bite you. It’s a great novel and I really enjoyed it. I’m particularly fond of well-rounded believable characters and Siena is definitely one of those.

In true parable style the baddies are bigger and badder than anyone else to act as the perfect foil to the more considerate (if she allows herself to be) heroine.

It’s well worth reading and I think everyone could find something to take away.

The Donna Marie Oldfield Interview

donna marie oldfieldWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

In my foolish youth, I once tried to dye my hair purple, but it went orange instead. I’m a bit more sensible these days.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Sometimes I name smaller characters after a friend or family member, but my main characters are usually invented. I spend a lot of time trawling the internet in search of the perfect one.

How did you choose a title for your book?

As a John Lennon fan and huge believer in karma, it seemed like the perfect title. I brainstormed a few other ideas, but nothing else felt right, so I went with Instant Karma.

Have you ever written naked?

Ha ha, no! The closest I’ve come to that is waking up in the night and typing ideas that have just come to me into my phone so I don’t forget them.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Kristen Wiig. I’d love people to think I’m that gorgeous, smart and funny.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Write as often as possible – even if you only manage a few words each day, it will keep the creative cogs in your brain ticking over. If you haven’t started writing yet, just do it. The worst that can happen is that you’ll delete it and write something better next time.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everyday life occurrences, current affairs, thought processes… all kinds of things. Instant Karma was inspired by my belief in karma and that it’s never too late to change our ways and the path of our life.


Where can I find out more about Donna and her book?

You can find Instant Karma in Kindle and paperback format here:

You can also meet her on


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  1. Great interview thank you Linda … and may good karma be yours always and with Donna. Actually may good karma be everyone’s now that I think about it.